WD External Hard Drive RAW File System Recovery

"WD external hard drive turns to RAW file system and prevents me from reading or writing any data on the external hard drive. System says that I need to format external hard disk, but I think that the WD portable hard drive will become empty after formatting. Can I recover files from Western Digital external hard disk that has RAW?"

"My WD external hard drive stopped working because it is not showing as a removable disk when I plugged it to my computer. Instead, Windows detected the WD external HDD as a RAW drive and asked me to format the portable HDD before I can use it. I am wondering if there is any way to fix the RAW file system error on my WD external HDD and get back lost files on the RAW drive."

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"Well, I need external hard drive data recovery software to restore data off my Western Digital removable hard disk which changes to RAW file system. I have tried to connect the WD removable disk to more than two computers which runs under different OS, but the removable disk always showed RAW file system and disabled me to open the drive. How do I recover files off the RAW removable hard drive WD?"

"Hello! Can I format a WD portable HDD which has RAW file system? There is some data on the WD portable HDD, so I am wondering if I can undo format the portable hard disk after formatting it from RAW to FAT or NTFS."

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WD External HDD RAW File System Recovery

Although WD external hard disk drive is world famous, it might turn to RAW file system due to different kinds of reasons. Like all other brands of external HDD, you will be unable to open WD external hard disk when it has RAW file system.

Therefore, when you encounter WD external HDD RAW drive error, you need to rely on data recovery software to extract files off the RAW drive.

iCare Data Recovery software helps recover data from RAW WD external HDD on Windows OS. This data recovery software supports to recover all types of files including photos, videos, music, etc. You can follow the steps below to recover data from WD external HDD when it has RAW file system:

download data recovery software

Step1. Run the data recovery software and choose a proper scan mode.

select recovery mode

Step2. Select the WD external HDD as aim disk and let the software scan it for lost files.

wait while scanning

Step3. You can preview some found files like images or documents. Then, you can save the files you need to recover.

preview found photo

Change RAW TO FAT32/NTFS FOR WD Removable Disk Asking to Format

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Fixing raw wd disk by formatting it to ntfs or fat32 in diskpart by the above ways.

When your WD removable disk has RAW file system, you will receive message that disk drive is not formatted on external hard drive. Since Windows system cannot recognize RAW file system, it asks you to format the RAW WD removable disk to NTFS or FAT32 so that it can recognize the device normally. You need to format your WD removable disk if you want to change it from RAW to FAT32 or change RAW to NTFS, but you should remember to format it when all needed data is restored successfully.

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